Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Is anyone else growing Cissus Quadrangularis?

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Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Sep 1, 2013 10:20 AM CST
This is a fascinating climbing succulent to me and I'm experimenting with eating it!

Cissus Quadrangularis has been used since ancient times and is one the most used medicinal plants in Thailand and throughout the Middle east and Asia. It is used, and has been used for centuries in India to promote muscle and bone development and healing. It is said to help torn tendons and broken bones heal up to 50% faster, and is also said to be hugely instrumental in battling obesity and weight loss. I should start eating it more! Ha! Its fast growing and a climbing succulent...








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I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Mark Mallon
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a2b1c3
Sep 4, 2013 1:29 PM CST
wow, cool plant. does it fruit?
DON'T PANIC
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DavidofDeLand
Sep 4, 2013 1:46 PM CST
HaHaHaHaHa! Mark,

Your quote message, "DON'T PANIC" brought a laugh to me and thats a good thing! Laughter heals the body and Soul....

Cissus Quadrangularis definitely doesn't!

Anyway, and back to the point;... Cissus does fruit with small red Holly-like berries yet I have only had mine do so once.

Thank you for asking and I'm looking forward to the next time they do bloom and fruit for me. I'll surely photograph the event! Smiling
Name: T-rev
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MagerRooRHammer
Sep 4, 2013 2:43 PM CST
O man I have shredded my tendons playing sports... I will look for this plant now! That and it just looks cool, thanks for the info!!
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Sep 4, 2013 2:54 PM CST
I have this plant growing everywhere!! A small piece broken off will root in no time flat.....and it is a climber too.
Some years ago it actually flowered for me.
Just looked it up, the benfits are not really that well documented and certainly somewhat iffy. I would not eat it.
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Name: Mark Mallon
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a2b1c3
Sep 4, 2013 3:43 PM CST
- Ursula
does it grow outside there in new jersey?
- David
I am glad you got a good laugh out of it. It was coined by Douglas Adams
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Sep 4, 2013 3:52 PM CST
Now, it does not grow outside here in Winter. I bring my plants inside once the temperatures drop here in September/ October.
You mean this was a joke?? By Mr 42??
ok Smiling
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DavidofDeLand
Sep 4, 2013 4:02 PM CST
Well! It is a cool plant that hasn't created any panic attacks yet or adverse effects like death yet for me!

If I turn into "The incredible Hulk" or loose any weight in the next 6 months though; I'll share my personal in person lab-rat experimentations!

All said in good humor of course, and thanks for responding! Smiling
Name: Mark Mallon
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a2b1c3
Sep 4, 2013 4:07 PM CST
How many roads must a man walk down..... 42!
ahem... anyway thats a shame i was thinking i might try one of these plants but if i cant leave it outside i doubt it.
Still though grow it right up on the chimney might do
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DavidofDeLand
Sep 4, 2013 6:00 PM CST
just another fun Cissus pic. Smiling
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Sep 4, 2013 6:27 PM CST
Now this is a really great pic! Thumbs up

I think I made a mistake here, I have Cissus cactiformis, not quadrangularis. Now they look identical to me, what exactly is the difference between the two? Or are they the same?
Here are some older pictures of what I bought years ago as one single segment, and then it took off - you can see the results here:


It flowered only once for me, at the end of a warm and sunny Winter in the greenhouse.

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Dutchlady1
Sep 4, 2013 6:51 PM CST
@Ursula I hope you have put those pictures in the database.
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Ursula
Sep 4, 2013 7:03 PM CST
Ok. no problem, I can do that. But then it really has to be nailed down which one it is?
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DavidofDeLand
Sep 5, 2013 4:40 AM CST
Wow Ursula! I agree Hetty! Get that over to the database when you can. It really showcases the plant and I like the fruit and flower pic's a lot.

Of course you will want other opinions, but judging from the leaf and bract shape and the flowers and berries developing I'd swear I believe it is qudrangularis.
Its hard to believe this plant is actually in the grape family,.....Its one of those plant classifying mysterys to me like the Euphorbias. Are they diverse?...

Happy Gardening and Good morning Smiling
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Sep 5, 2013 7:24 AM CST
Good morning David!
I id some digging around here this morning:
According to this Kew entry cactiformis is a synonym for quadrangularis.
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/namedetail.do?flora=fz&taxon=163...

I should point out that those tiny round thingies are only the buds. I was watching it very carefully that time and then took pictures of the ridiculously tiny open blooms.
I would think I didn't have a pollinator around, I never got berries/fruits as the spent flowers simply dropped off.


Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Sep 6, 2013 4:53 AM CST
Thanks for the heads up Ursula! Smiling When mine did have berries it only held 3 or 4 and that was only once and when I had it in my little greenhouse.
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gg5
Sep 6, 2013 9:11 PM CST
Just seeing this thread, cool plant!! I tip my hat to you.
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Sep 7, 2013 5:32 AM CST
It really is Smiling
Name: Kristi
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pod
Sep 7, 2013 6:02 AM CST
I have it also... mine bloomed while in the greenhouse and then formed a few fruits/seed pods. I don't dine on it but think it is a cool plant.
Also have Cissus rotundifolia and Cissus tuberosa. Great photos everyone has posted here...

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